Former police chief gets diversion for misconduct

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MONTEREY, Tenn. (AP) — A former Monterey Police chief will serve no prison time after entering a best interest guilty plea on a misconduct charge involving a surplus bulldozer.

Kevin Phillips ordered the Army bulldozer in 2012 through a program meant for law enforcement. A state comptroller's report found the bulldozer was instead used to clear property Phillips owned. Investigators found Phillips and the former mayor back-dated a lease agreement for the machine after citizens questioned it.

The plea agreement grants Phillips judicial diversion and a possible clean record after two years.

Philips resigned in March 2013, ahead of a hearing to determine whether he would be fired.

The bulldozer eventually was sold for $53,000, and the town used the money to help pay off the police department building.



 
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